Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, Institute for Latino Studies
Concurrent Faculty, Anthropology
Faculty, Romance Languages and Literatures
Areas of Expertise
- Geographic focus: Mexico, the Caribbean (Haiti), and the United States.
- Production and consumption
A cultural anthropologist, Richman is one of the world’s leading scholars on Haitian culture, migration, religion, vodou, labor and language. The author of “Migration and Vodou,” Richman discredits myths of exotic and primitive vodou long used against Haitians. The book provides a rare excursion into the innovative ways a community of Léogane, Haiti, migrants has maintained religious traditions and familial connections. She says one out of every five Haitians is thought to live outside the country and that last year Haitians sent back $1 billion in remittances. She says Haitian families raise children to emigrate rather than producing capital-generating products and that the Jan., 2010, earthquake upset the delicate and vulnerable reciprocity of the Haitians’ culture of migration. Richman also is the author of an ethnographic biography of a Mexican immigrant woman. She has conducted fieldwork on American consumer culture and worked as an advocate for immigrants and migrant farm workers in the United States. Her current research project is an interdisciplinary study of Mexican immigrants’ social wealth, savings and retirement supported by the National Endowment for Financial Education.
Notre Dame Research – Immigration